Professional cyclist held not to be an employee or a worker
July 17, 2020
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concluded that a professional cyclist was not an employee or a worker of the British Cycling Federation.
Why is June 30 suddenly the key date in European football?
April 28, 2020
As football governing bodies across Europe attempt to formulate plans on how to complete the remainder of the 2019/20 season, one date is central to all of these discussions: June 30 2020.
Landmark labor deal between WNBA and its players
February 05, 2020
On January 14, 2020, the Women’s National Basketball Association (“WNBA” or “League”) and the players’ union, the Women's National Basketball Players Association (“WNBPA”), announced a new, “groundbreaking” collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) that, if ratified as expected, will significantly expand players’ compensation and benefits.
League of Legends – Poster boy for esports franchising
October 02, 2019
The League of Legends (LoL) Championship Series (LCS), hosted by Riot Games, is North America’s top tier League of Legends competition.
California leads the movement in permitting student athletes to profit from endorsements and sponsorships
September 26, 2019
On Wednesday, September 11, the California Senate unanimously passed S.B. 206, previously entitled the “Fair Pay To Play Act,” which, if enacted into law, would allow college athletes to accept money from sponsorships and endorsements.
Trade secrets: the price paid for a mid-season trade period
September 25, 2019
As the 2019 Australian Football League (AFL) season draws to a close, the post-Grand Final debate looks set to be dominated by the issue of whether a mid-season trade period should be introduced.
Is there a need for unionization in esports?
September 20, 2019
Trade unions have existed in traditional sports for many years (the UK’s Professional Footballer’s Association has been operating for more than a hundred!), and can represent hundreds if not thousands of professional athletes in a multitude of sports.
Sheffield Wednesday report Newcastle United to the Premier League
August 06, 2019
Steve Bruce was recently appointed the new head coach of Newcastle United F.C., but not without some controversy.
US Circuit Court holds that amateur lacrosse officials are independent contractors, not employees
June 27, 2019
This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”)1 held that lacrosse officials working for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (“PIAA”) are independent contractors—rather than employees—and are therefore not protected by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), a foundational US labor statute.
The rise in post-retirement injury claims within sport
May 10, 2019
Top level athletes suffer for their sport and, increasingly, there is focus on the medium and long-term effects of injuries.